Some former members of Zanu PF’s district co-ordinating committees (DCCs) in Bulawayo are reportedly calling for the dissolution of the party’s provincial structures to pave way for fresh elections that would catapult them to key positions, NewsDay has learnt.
The Zanu PF politburo dissolved the DCCs last month and removed the structure from its constitution, saying it was divisive.
Sources told NewsDay yesterday the idea to dissolve the Bulawayo provincial structures was first reportedly raised at an inter-district meeting two weeks ago.
Party insiders said the former DCC leaders felt they had worked so much for the party and deserved to be incorporated into the provincial structures.
“A party member suggested during the inter-district meeting that the provincial leadership sends a word to (Didymus) Mutasa (Zanu PF secretary for administration) to immediately dissolve the province and hold fresh elections. They felt the elections would allow the DCC leaders positions in the party as they had worked tirelessly in garnering support for the party,” said a party insider.
The sources, however, said the proposal was not taken kindly by acting provincial chairperson Killian Sibanda who reportedly replied: “Thank you for telling us that we are not working.”
Angered by this, the provincial executive reportedly moved in quickly to take away party documents from the DCC structures.
On Sunday, the provincial co-ordinating committee held a meeting where it announced that it would be conducting a handover/takeover from the former DCCs.
“The province is now rushing to do a handover/takeover of the DCCs to try and stop the calls for the dissolution of the structure,” said another source.
“What makes the situation bad for the provincial executive is that some former DCC executives have been given influential posts in their respective districts showing that they have support from the grassroots.”
Contacted for comment, Sibanda yesterday dismissed claims former DCC members wanted provincial structures dissolved and fresh elections held.
“I do not know about that, the former DCC members have accepted the decision to dissolve the structure and they have joined the lower organs. We have had a smooth transition process,” he said.
Sibanda replaced former chairperson Isaac Dakamela who was suspended early this year.